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SMU to offer new M.S. degree in engineering entrepreneurship beginning in Fall 2017

SMU will offer a new master’s degree in engineering entrepreneurship beginning in fall 2017. The degree program will be offered over two semesters, fall and spring, and will draw from existing courses in the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering and Edwin L. Cox School of Business.

The new degree program is designed to develop engineers who look at the role of technology in society through a business lens, who can help fill the demand for managers and entrepreneurs to start and lead new technology ventures. It is anchored in a yearlong project, the Technology Commercialization Studio, in which students will explore the commercial opportunities of a new technology – likely to be developed in one of SMU’s engineering or science research labs.

“What happens when you bring together a top-ranked business school and an innovative engineering school? You create a program that will help the best and brightest achieve their dreams of bringing new technology to the marketplace,” said Lyle Dean Marc Christensen. “The master’s in engineering entrepreneurship will focus on shaping a small cohort of elite students, providing them the skills and experiences to have impact in the competitive world of high tech startups.”

Regular admission to the program will require a bachelor of science in engineering, but outstanding candidates from alternate STEM fields will be considered.

“We are looking for smart, confident engineers who want to understand the role of new technology in society from a business perspective, and who can lead and manage engineering projects that commercialize that technology,” said Duncan MacFarlane, associate dean for engineering entrepreneurship in the Lyle School. “We expect the program to encourage the incubation of novel technologies from SMU students and faculty.”

MacFarlane will direct the program with associate directors Jerry White, the Linda and Kenneth R. Morris Endowed Director of the Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship in the Cox School, and Simon Mak, associate director of the institute. MacFarlane, White and Mak have been meeting on a regular basis since Fall 2015 to coordinate entrepreneurship activities and develop the new program.

> Read the full story from SMU News

February 7, 2017|News|

Tune In: SMU gathers for MLK Unity Walk 2017

SMU students, faculty and staff celebrated the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Thursday, Jan. 26, with the 2017 Unity Walk. The annual procession is part of Dream Week at SMU, which also included participation in Dallas’ annual MLK Day Parade on Jan. 16 and the University’s yearly MLK Day of Service on Jan. 28.

Myles Taylor of SMU News has created a video to commemorate the occasion. Click the YouTube screen to watch, or watch the 2017 Unity Walk in a new windowvideo

> Read the full 2017 Dream Week story from SMU News

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February 3, 2017|News, Tune In|

SMU Engaged Learning Week showcases student achievement Feb. 6-10, 2017

Engaged Learning Week 2017SMU’s 2017 Engaged Learning Week showcases student achievement in undergraduate research, community service, professional internships and creative projects Feb. 6-10.

The week begins with the annual Spring Symposium Monday-Tuesday, Feb. 6-7:

Monday, Feb 6

  • 9:30 a.m. Research
  • 3:15 p.m. Environmental Engineering

Tuesday, Feb 7

  • 9 a.m. Creative
  • Noon Mechanical and Electrical Engineering

> Find a full schedule of student presentation at the Engaged Learning homepage

The week wraps up Friday, Feb. 10 with a special presentation by Dr. Gayle Slaughter, senior associate dean for
graduate education and diversity at Baylor College of Medicine, Baylor University. Dr. Slaughter will speak on how Engaged Learning activities in college can lead to career success in “From Dirt Roads to the Oval Office.”

Visit the SMU Engaged Learning website: smu.edu/engagedlearning

February 3, 2017|Calendar Highlights, News|

Seven SMU students and recent graduates are semifinalists for 2016-17 Fulbright grants

Seven SMU students and recent graduates have been selected as semifinalists in the 2016-17 Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant competition. Winners of Fulbright grants will be announced this spring.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright program is the largest U.S. international exchange program, offering grants for advanced research and study, as well as teaching assistantships.

“These students and graduates are SMU world changers who already have made significant impacts in their fields,” said Kathleen Hugley-Cook, director of SMU’s Office of National Fellowships and Awards, which supports students and faculty members during the application process. “We are proud of their success in this round of the competition.”

The semifinalists:

  • Hope Anderson, a senior majoring in history, human rights and sociology in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, is pursuing an English teaching assistantship in Nepal.
  • Emily Bernet ’16, who earned a Bachelor’s degree in dance performance in Meadows School of the Arts, is pursuing a grant for conservatory study in England.
  • Kristen Biedermann ’16, who earned a Master’s degree in Simmons School of Education and Human Development, is pursuing an English teaching assistantship in Colombia.
  • Adam Garnick, a graduate student in Simmons School of Education and Human Development, is pursuing an English teaching assistantship in Hungary.
  • Jennie Lee ’16, who earned Bachelor’s degrees in voice performance in Meadows School of the Arts and in Italian in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, is pursuing an English teaching assistantship in Germany.
  • Olivia Nguyen, a senior major in French and biological sciences in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, is pursuing an English teaching assistantship in Vietnam.
  • Rebecca Rothstein ’16, who earned a Bachelor’s degree in theatre in Meadows School of the Arts, is pursuing a grant for performance study in Germany.
February 2, 2017|For the Record, News|

Student teams share world-changing concepts at 2017 Big iDeas Demo Day Fair Friday, Feb. 3

Big iDeas Demo Day 2017SMU student teams will present world-changing business concepts to compete for up to $5,000 in start-up money in SMU’s 2017 Big iDeas Business Plan Competition, 9-11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 3, in The CUBE, 600 Expressway Tower, East Campus.

Student proposals will be judged by a panel of guest experts. Successful teams will combine winning pitches with solid business plans.

The event continues with the Big iDeas Demo Day Fair 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Expressway Tower lobby. The Fall 2016 Big iDeas Pitch Contest winners will present their results, prototypes, pilots or other work accomplished since receiving their $1,000 grants.

Read about SMU’s 2016 Big iDeas Business Plan Competition winners

Big iDeas supports student innovation and entrepreneurship by providing support for forward-thinking ideas that are viable, sustainable and provide value to society. The program is open to undergraduates of all majors.

Students work in teams with one member serving as the principal investigator. The PI must be an SMU undergraduate for the duration of the funding phase.

Demo Day and the Business Plan Competition are hosted by SMU Engaged Learning. For more information, contact Mona Alluri, 214-768-3225.

> Visit the SMU Big iDeas homepage: smu.edu/bigideas

February 1, 2017|Calendar Highlights, News|
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